The young aggressors addressed one of them saying that it was «the fagot who danced«, they hit them, kicked them and took out a knife
A group of dancers at the dance festival Figueres is MOU They have denounced that they suffered a homophobic attack on the Rambla. The events, according to what they themselves report on their social networks, happened on Sunday night. The artists, who are part of the Madrid company Eyas Dance Project and Italian IvonnaThey were returning from dinner when they ran into a group of teenagers. The young people recognized one of the dancers and began to push him saying: «It's the fag that danced!” When the artists tried to walk away, the youths attacked them with punches and kicks, and even threatened them with a knife and chased another boy who tried to help them.
The dancers explain that a boy on a scooter came over to help them, but that «one of the assailants took a knife out of his sneaker and two more began to chase him«. The artists explain that they were able to flee by entering one of the alleys that leads to the Rambla. They say, however, that they do not know what happened to the young man who tried to help them, and that he quickly fled with the scooter while the others chased him.
The members of Eyas Dance Project they have already denounced the homophobic aggression in front of the police. They did it at the police station Alicante, which is where they traveled after Figueres because they had a performance in town.
Support in Figueres
The organization of the festival Figueres is MOU has issued a statement to show his «unconditional support and solidarity» in the group of artists who suffered homophobic aggression. The festival underlines its «rejection and the most absolute condemnation of this aggression and hate crime based on gender and sexual orientation«, and says that events such as what was experienced in Figueres are "unacceptable in a democratic and healthy society«.
From Figueres Se Mueve they are also perplexed that today "people cannot freely express their gender identity and sexual orientation without being attacked." The contest also says that the homophobic aggression suffered by the members of the two companies is also "an attack on freedom of expression, since the victims were also attacked for the content and aesthetics of their show."
Finally, from Figueres is MOU y agitart (the producer of the festival) make a call to stop «this scourge» and express their «anguish due to the increase in attacks and hate crimes that are taking place in our country«. «This aggression represents at the same time an attack against freedom of expression, since the victims of this attack were also attacked for the content and aesthetics of their show.«, add the organizers.»We will continue to work on inclusive programming, with a gender perspective and making Queer realities visible in all our projects.«, they conclude.